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This same trail course will be used for the first 12 hours of the
race. At 7:00 PM the race will switch to the night course which is
entirely paved, (both bike path and a road that is closed to
vehicles at night). The race will switch back to the trail course
at 7:00 AM the next morning and continue switching back and forth
between these two courses every 12 hours until the race is
Check-in and Camping
Camp sites are available to runners that select the camping option
during registration. Camping fees are included in the
registration. Race-packet pickup and campsite setup will be
available at 6:00 PM on Friday the night before the race. Those
who are not camping will be able to pick up their race packets the
morning of the event at 6:00 AM.
We should have some time for good socialization Friday night at
the camp site, and we will plan to do a course walkthrough for
anyone who would like to preview it.
Champoeg Park has restrooms and showers available. A restroom is
accessible very near the beginning of the race course on every
loop (day or night).
For any time that runners have available between loops, we have a
large, covered pavilion available with picnic tables. If runners
wish to bring personal supplies (such as camp chair, cooler,
duffel bag) there will be room to store all of those under the
covered pavilion. These items and the pavilion will be easily
accessible during "interloopal" periods (as the pavilion is
immediately adjacent to the start/finish line).
The race will provide an aid station at the start/finish pavilion
with water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, and fruit (bananas of
course!). No aid stations are provided along the course, (but of
course, you'll be returning to the start regularly). Runners are
encouraged to bring preferred food and beverage as needed for an
Your registration fee (paid in advance here on the website)
includes participation in the race itself as well as camping,
day-use, and parking fees (for one vehicle) for the state
park. So, do not pay any additional fees when entering the park!
Any spectators driving their own vehicles will need to pay
the standard $5 fee for day-use parking.
A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated
to Pacific Northwest Search and
Rescue, a local all-volunteer non-profit organization
dedicated to providing Search and Rescue assistance for people who
are lost or injured out of doors.
- Each loop starts precisely at the top of the hour with the ringing of a cowbell
- Any runner not in the starting corral at the bell is eliminated
- All runners must start at the bell (no late starts)
- Warning whistles will be given 3, 2, and 1 minutes prior to the start
- Once a loop starts, no runner can leave the course (except for restrooms)
- No non-competitors are allowed on the course (some public may be encountered)
- No personal aid can be given during a loop
- No artificial aids are allowed (including trekking poles)
- Each loop must be completed within an hour to be counted
- Slower runners must allow passes
- The winner is the person who completes a loop that no other runner completes
- All others are technically DNF
- If there is a loop that no runner completes, there is no winner
Registration is currently closed since the 2020 race has been
postponed due to COVID-19 and we are waiting until we can
establish a replacement date.
In the meantime, you may fill out the form below to add your name
to a waitlist. When registration reopens, we will first contact
participants on the waitlist to give them the first chance to
The Backyard Ultra was invented by Lazarus "Laz" Lake who has been
Backyard Ultra in his own backyard (and with his dog, Big) since 2011.
After Johan Steene won the race in 2018 (68 loops, 283.33 miles) a
number of "affiliated" and "Golden Ticket" backyard ultra races
sprang up all over the world. The winner of any golden ticket
race wins automatic entry into the next Big's Backyard Ultra.
However, only a limited number of finishers from affiliated
backyard ultra races will be granted admission to Big's, (those
who complete the most loops will be considered first).
In 2019, after Maggie Guterl (60 loops, 250 miles) defeated
golden ticket winners from all over the world, Carl Worth was so
captivated by the race format that he wanted to try one
himself. But after noticing that there is no existing backyard
ultra in Oregon, (and apparently nobody from Oregon has ever
entered Big's Backyard Ultra), he decided he'd have to organize a
backyard ultra for Oregon. So the Banana Slug Backyard Ultra was born.
If you have any questions about this crazy race, or if you would
like to volunteer to help make this race a success, please don't
hesitate to email Carl Worth <email@example.com>